Operating ex-Honiara and timed to dovetail with Solomon Airlines’ Brisbane-Honiara services, SIDC has employed the 30-metre MV Taka to operate the six and seven-day cruises, each of which have been designed to highlight the Florida and Russell Islands archipelagos. The cruise itineraries feature visits to remote villages along with opportunities to discover the region’s coral pastures and marine life. Both areas are rich in WWII history giving passengers insight into the Guadalcanal campaign in 1942 via the many wrecked US and Japanese aircraft, warships and relics.
Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto says ‘having a dedicated niche adventure cruise program, operated by a local company and one that offers insight into our culture, history and environment plus the opportunity to experience our underwater world is a huge build on our existing tourism product. ‘Add to this, the benefits our local people will accrue from this environmentally oriented program are immeasurable.’ Prices for an inaugural 24 August sevenday/six-night cruises lead in at $2775 in quad share accommodation inclusive of all meals and all activities. A daily per person $35 ‘kastom’ fee applies. Scuba diving gear is available to rent.sidcruises.com.au/